ELM Environmental Leadership Mentoring

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ELM's mission is to help Yale F&ES students grow professionally through the guidance and advice of alumni, helping them to become environmental leaders and managers in today's world.
The Career Development Office manages an annual mentoring program that helps F&ES students in their final year at the School grow professionally by matching them with a F&ES alum. Students and alumni can be matched on such things as career field, country of origin, and ethnicity. Students are able to select how they would like to be matched to their mentor. For example, a student might prefer to be matched with an alum of the same ethnicity, or location of interest.


Benefits of Becoming an ELM Mentee

  • Expand professional network
  • Improve communication skills
  • Gain exposure to job search tips and strategies 
  • Develop a long-term and meaningful relationship with a professional in your career field
  • Learn key professional skills needed in your field


  • Complement your academics with professional development
  • Be reflective about your personal growth
  • Get on-the-ground insight into your career field
  • Learn about key employers in your career field
Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 year. Please complete the ELM Mentee Survey if you would like to partake in the program.
ELM is a terrific way to formally engage students with F&ES alumni. The alumni network is a big reason why I chose Yale F&ES
— Gordon Clark M.E.M ‘07
Alumnus Bryan Goldberg and students 6 inch
Photo: Kathy Douglas
F&ES Alumni Board President Brian Goldberg, M.E.M. ’03, networking with students after an alumni panel in Kroon Hall.

The Matching Process and Initial Contact with Your Mentor

  • F&ES students entering their final year at the school who are interested in being mentored by a F&ES alum are invited to complete the on-line survey by September 15
  • Students and alumni will be matched one-on-one based on commonalities listed in their ELM applications. Students are able to select how they would like to be matched with an alum e.g., career field, location, ethnicity, gender, etc.
  • Once a match is made a notification email will be sent to the student including an overview of the mentor’s background and contact information. Students will receive their notification email no later than October 3, 2016.
  • Students will be expected to initiate contact with their mentor by sending an introductory email within 48 hours of being notified of their match. 
  • During the initial conversation we ask the mentor and mentee to complete, sign, and date the ELM Agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to define guidelines and set expectations for both parties

Students are matched to one ELM Mentor per year. This unique one-on-one matching allows for both the mentor and mentee to give one another their undivided attention and time, creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

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Paving the Way for Students at F&ES and Beyond

As I move on in my career I am realizing more and more every day what my years at Yale F&ES did for me, and how much my time in New Haven has contributed to my success. ELM will give me a chance to reconnect to Yale F&ES, and in some small way 'pay it forward' to honor my mentors at Yale.
— Dr. Jean McLain M.F.S '97

Sample Monthly Timeline for Mentor/Mentee Interaction

Below is a sample timeline to use when formalizing goals and expectations for the year. 

  • Complete the ELM Mentoring Agreement and formalize expectations and goals
  • Learn about one another's backgrounds and F&ES experiences
  • Consult on coursework and relevancy to future planning with your mentor
  • Work with your mentor to develop a networking strategy for the school year
  • Discuss the timeframe of job postings for your career field
  • Review your extra-curricular activities
  • Work with your mentor to cultivate sources for informational interviewing
  • Practice the art of telling a compelling professional story
  • Review professional network and strategize about connecting with employers and alumni during winter break and early in the spring semester
  • Reflect and discuss professional activity and fall semester outcomes
  • Review final semester courses
  • Conduct a mock interview with your mentor and receive immediate feedback
  • Discuss ways to use spring break as a time to network and interview
  • Review with your mentor job search correspondence – email, cover letter, thank you notes, etc.
  • Practice the art of salary negotiating
  • Discuss transition from student to employee
  • Plan a job search strategy and summer activity if still seeking
  • Discuss ways to stay connected!


The ELM Leadership Team welcomes your suggestions and feedback for improving our program. We would also like to hear about your positve experiences, so that we can showcase your mentoring story to future mentors and mentees.

Please feel free to send an email to Alyssa Student, Assistant Director, Career Development Office at, alyssa.student@yale.edu.
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